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The Emigration Story

The years between 1875 and 1920 are recognized as an important period of emigration for Iceland because nearly 20% of the population moved West. Icelanders were emigrating in smaller numbers before this time period, and Icelanders are still emigrating today.


There have been many books written about this topic, there are several museums dedicated to this history, and there is documentary series describing this history. This section of the website provides an overview of this complex and meaningful part of our shared history. 

Icelandic Roots continues to provide education, genealogy, and more to both the public and even more opportunities for our All-Access Members.

Life in Iceland and

Reasons for Emigration


Early Icelandic Settlements

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We have many free, public opportunities.


All-Access members receive many more benefits.
  • Exclusive educational classes, seminars, and workshops

  • Samtal Hour (Conversation Hour about Everything Icelandic) every other Monday which includes a short presentation followed by a chance to discuss the topic with other members

  • Private Members-Only Facebook group

  • Members-Only Newsletter sent out every other Sunday (opposite Sunday of the public newsletter) which includes the Zoom Link for member online events, special private videos, emails, and other member opportunities​

  • All-Access members also receive access to the Icelandic Roots Genealogy Database

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